[whatwg] Should scrollbars move focus?

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 15:42:35 PDT 2012

On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM, Elliott Sprehn <esprehn at gmail.com> wrote:
> I was working on a bug [1][2] recently where authors had complained
> about WebKit's behavior where clicking a scrollbar unfocuses the
> activeElement. What's particularly quirky is that the window scrollbar
> never moves focus in any browser I tried, but overflow scrollbars
> inside the page *do* move focus in WebKit, IE and Opera but not in
> Gecko.
> This behavior seems unfortunate because it means scrolling a form
> inside an overflow div moves focus from where you were typing and it's
> also really weird that window scrollbars are special.
> What's the correct behavior here? It would be best if all the browsers
> could be consistent, but I'm not sure the existing common behavior is
> best. :)
> [1] https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=96335
> [2] http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=51469

I don't have strong opinions, and would be swayed by a decent
rationale, but I lean toward making scrollbars never steal focus.
It's weird that you can mousewheel or touch scroll without killing
your focus, but using the bar steals it.


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